As summer vacation winds down and the children prepare to head back to school, debate heats up about what the school year should look like. As
this article in the Globe and Mail
says, some research has indicated that those long, lazy days of summer can have a negative impact on academic success. Some places have opted for a yearly model with shorter, more frequent vacations. This has the advantage of saving classroom time in September traditionally spent reviewing material students have forgotten, and also prevents, in the case of at least one student, boredom setting in during that hot nine-week stretch. So why are most places, in Canada anyway, sticking with the usual September-to-June academic year?